The San Antonio Spurs are 17-29 and sit 13th in the Western Conference.
Whereas in the past Gregg Popovich alone has proven to be enough to keep San Antonio in playoff contention territory – that is no longer the case.
The lone bright spot for the Spurs this season has been the play of Dejounte Murray. The 25-year-old is currently averaging 19.3 points, 8.9 assists and 8.5 rebounds per game while also leading the NBA in steals with 2.0 per outing.
Interestingly enough, all that hasn’t been enough to secure his place in San Antonio.
During a recent episode of The Hoop Collective, ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst suggested that Murray may be on the move.
“There’s been some chatter in the league about whether the Spurs would be willing to trade him,” he said.
“Maybe not during the season but next summer”
It kind of makes sense. Murray is a fantastic player, but is he a franchise centerpiece? At the moment, it doesn’t feel like it.
And if he is not, doesn’t it make more sense for the Spurs to commit to a full rebuild? In order to do that, you have to trade guys like Murray for trade capital and assets.
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Popovich’s recent struggles, particularly ever since his focus shifted from basketball onto other things, have been well documented. The end is nigh for his run.
Once that happens, trading away Murray will inevitably become a priority.